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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Guest Commentary

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LOVE IT. Took me awhile to get the metaphor, but lol.
Trump is an orange, and a bitter one at that...(that fake tan needs to go).

we are what we eat, and what we think or are programmed to think. thank God more people are refusing to be controlled by fear and paranoia; refusing to be divided and conquered.

i tell you what though, if Trump wins, it might be better to live in Pakistan, even. For sure, Canada and Mexico may end up with an influx of American refugees escaping the madness.

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Posted by ivy r on 12/31/2015 at 12:32 PM

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loved metaphor of Trump as an orange (a bitter one at that), took awhile for me to get...and yeah, we ARE what we eat, huh? we are what we think and too often what we are told (programmaed) to think via the media.

but contrary to the efforts to divide and conquer, to instill fear and paranoia, a growing number of people refuse to play.

hey, if Trump does win, moving to even Pakistan, may not be a bad idea! ;-)

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Posted by ivy r on 12/31/2015 at 12:29 PM

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Pakistan, huh?

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Posted by Old Pueblo Veteran on 12/29/2015 at 5:46 PM

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It is way past time that people can decide when they want to die in peace. Before they get too ill and not able to be a human, but just a body, who is supporting the medical and drug companies. It is time to take politics and profit making health care systems to remove themselves from making our decisions. Death is part of life and should not be frighten to people. Why should people have to suffer in pain for those that just want to make money from them.
Let be humane and allow people to make their own choices on death and when they are ready. It could be a happy time for the family left behind, knowing their loved one made the final choice and not the decease that invaded their body.
So many people are alive, suffering, and bedridden, maybe lost of mind too. These are the people that hopeful can make or have made the choice on death. Trillions of dollars wasted on their lifes. So Sad. Lets move on to a new society that respects death, as well as life.

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Posted by OMGitsme on 12/28/2015 at 8:05 AM

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There are many thought provoking comments here, presented clearly and honestly. Yet, most of them reflect fear of the process. Fear of the unknown, fear of what might happen IF we allow euthanasia - if we DON'T allow euthanasia. Either way there will be horror stories of what happened as a result; that is the human condition. Let's continue to discuss it and try to come up with something that will work the best for most. There really are no easy answers.

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Posted by Fred Pearson on 12/26/2015 at 11:50 AM

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Your question is salient. While meditating more and more recently on my own need to attempt to control it's been surprising to realize how ubiquitous it is. My attempts at not controlling are often motivated by a paradoxical delusion that by giving up control I will be in more control, though I cloak it in attempted detachment expertly. As a motivating factor it is so unconscious and powerful it is absolutely necessary that we explore it individually.

Individual and sociological patterns created by people acting unconsciously through the need to control is becoming my definition of evil as I explore and understand my own motivations more and more. My two cent opinion on the legislation would also be an attempt to influence and control, so I will refrain from posting it, because it seems hard and fast rules are delusions in a fluid, ever-changing reality where context creates meaning.

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Posted by Natasha on 12/26/2015 at 10:03 AM

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There is no reason for suffering. Some diseases are unbearable, and I think that all people should have the right to die in dignity. I believe in euthanasia. I hope to put this in will, so I have no undue suffering and my loved ones will not suffer watching me suffer. If is a painful, terminal condition, why waste time suffering. It is your time to go.

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Posted by Audie Brown on 12/25/2015 at 6:41 AM

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I recently spent a long while with my father as he died and previously did so with my mother. Each had progressive, chronic conditions. My mother experienced extreme pain which was inexpertly managed at the end of a five year illness, while my father experienced episodes of severe confusion. Each had a difficult journey punctuated with many moments of love and quality and even wonder. We were extremely fortunate to have loving caregivers who made all the difference. As a speech-language pathologist, I have worked in nursing homes and have seen human beings warehoused. I have seen people have frightening, painful passings when they were treated callously. I understand the wish for control over one's own passing. I also understand the exhaustion that can come for even loving family members as they care for a dying person.

I am troubled by the issues implicit in this legislation. It is easy to envision a society in which many physicians would be likely to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs rather than to refer patients for palliative care. Palliative care, and for that matter. extended rehabilitation, take time, effort and financial resources. Not all families would rather care for a loved one during an extended illness than say a quicker, more "realistic" goodbye. I am not by any means an advocate for use of heroic measures or extended life support in the case of terminal illness. But I believe that individuals should make that decision through advance directives. Once one is ill, it is very difficult to avoid being pressured in one way or another.

In Germany, euthanasia for elders and for the disabled was first carefully presented as a compassionate option. Only after society had accepted this was it implemented with steadily increasing brutality and this was the context in which Zyklon B was first tested. In such a society, the developmentally disabled individuals with whom I have worked for many years would all be assigned to "special treatment", based upon the view that they waste government resources.

I , too, would like to die in my sleep without pain. However, based upon what I have seen over the years, this is doubtful.. I can only hope that someone with a compassionate heart and medical skills eases my journey--but not by euthanasia. Even if that were to spare me pain, I fear that I would be helping to lay the groundwork for the violation of the rights of elders and the disabled who have the desire and the right to live.

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Posted by Sharon Hendrickson-Pfeil on 12/25/2015 at 1:29 AM

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I am not sure I agree with you, but I appreciate the perspective.

As with most issues, there is no clear-cut black or white. It is worth the discussion.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 12/24/2015 at 1:23 PM

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It is a beautifully written piece, and I am so sorry for your suffering.

I worked as a hospice CNA for years. I know for sure that quality of life for those dying slowly is completely eliminated. Are we talking a five-year old girl getting preventative testing here or someone slowly dying from an agonizing, certainly fatal condition?

Experience? Work as a line staff in a warehouse for the lonely dying. Sometimes it isn't just a concrete chute but merely an eddy under the water, capable of easing the pain, returning the floater home a little more easily, that the sufferer seeks.

Compassion is not always wishing life on someone.

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Posted by Serena Simi on 12/24/2015 at 7:54 AM

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Thank you for this beautifully written piece. What we advocate is OPTIONS and CHOICE. May you die the way you wish, and may I be granted the same privilege. Aid in Dying is just that let me live and die MY WAY.

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Posted by LOLASMOM on 12/24/2015 at 5:20 AM

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Having watched as so many die over a 40 year career as a nurse. Having watched as so many died in my family, starting at age 6. Having seen so many struggle with chronic, even though not fatal, but so debilitating disease.....there are absolutely NO simple answers here, or anywhere.
I firmly believe that chronic/nearly terminal/terminal illnesses MUST be approached with the focus on the patient's wishes, & their family & significant others. As bizarre as it seems at the moment, so many, many DO NOT make plans, give guidanc tor their loved ones as they approach their final moments, and certainly, nothing legal to give guidance. All too many times, what I've heard is "you know what I want" to be completly dissected by oposing viewpoints not familiar to all the family members.
As a retired nurse, as a family member, as a friend who has so often witnessed the struggle of the dying and their families, I have to repeat, once again, PLEASE TALK TO YOUR LOVED ONES ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO/HAVE/ NOT HAVE, when dying. Otherwise, you & your loved one's wishes will be taken out of your hands, including the Do Not Resuscitate orders.

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Posted by tiredofpc on 12/24/2015 at 5:04 AM

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I watched my nephew die of MS. No one, should have to suffer like he did, it's not compassionate nor human. We treat animals better.

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Posted by Jim Kelly on 12/23/2015 at 9:35 PM

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Thank you for a beautifully written article. Holding my loved one as she died in my arms from many illnesses, I know the "letting go" of the process. Both of us let go and I continued without her. It was hard for the first years, but now in the 5th year since her passing, I am happy to be alive and productive. Thanks again for a poignant piece on a topic too many want to avoid.

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Posted by MsKlep on 12/23/2015 at 8:00 PM

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My body, my choice.

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Posted by Fishfry on 12/23/2015 at 7:58 PM

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Posted by Samara Smathers on 12/01/2015 at 1:52 PM

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but what your friends in Colorado didn't know is that Southern Arizona.......The City of Tucson and Pima County is left of SF and Seattle!

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Posted by Jeffrey Engelbert on 10/30/2015 at 9:09 AM

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I'm so glad someone is bringing this up here. Bravo! Please have this guest columnist back - maybe a regular column? Thank you Katherine.

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Posted by Kendra on 10/29/2015 at 8:45 PM

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Fantastic article! Keep it up! Write more!

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Posted by J.T. Cardwell on 10/29/2015 at 6:07 PM

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Well said!

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Posted by Jeffrey Patten on 10/29/2015 at 1:10 PM

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